Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Thanks a million!

My son played baseball with his school friends this season (made the playoffs, too, Good Job, Cubs!). I wanted to make the Head Coach and Assistant Coach some thank you cards for all of their hard work with the boys.  But, knowing these cards probably wouldn't be "treasured" (if you get my drift), I wanted them to be simple.  I used the Cricut baseball cartridge, PTI Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, and Pure Poppy cardstock (Fine Linen for that ticket).  Thanks a million sentiment is from the Sig Series stamp set.



Friday, May 27, 2011

score boy bday monkey

 I've done it several times and THIS is probably my fave example.

I always score first, then mask, then stamp. I used several shades of green with TANL and then the monkey from TT:B (I'd LOVE the monkey image a bit bigger!! anyone else??). Finally, the sentiment is from Big Birthday Wishes.



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May PTI Blog Hop!

Welcome to the May Papertrey Ink Bloghop: Flowers

May is the month when many flowers finally go into full bloom after a long winter's sleep. For the blog hop this month we want to see your favorite take on flowers. You can stamp backgrounds, create custom floral embellishments, showcase unique flower center additions (buttons, rhinestones, beads,etc...), flowers die-cut from different materials (like fabric, felt, vellum, etc...) or anything else you can
dream up!

I used Delightful Dahlia and a sentiment from MS 1 on the double ended banner die accented with rhinestones.  Lots of patterned paper so that it would qualify for the Papertrey Paper Dolls challenge #37

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Merry Bloghop

Today is Merry's birthday.  She is a "PTI forum friend" and *LittleMissT* arranged a wonderful surprise for her today.  We are all so glad to be able to take part in brightening her day today.  I, personally, hope that this card and my post brings a smile to her face.  She has one of the best avatar pics on the forum- this great big friendly smile and bright eyes.

So, Happy Birthday Merry!  May the Lord bless you and keep you!



Sunday, May 15, 2011

Playing around

Quick post... I was just messing around a few weeks ago (I seriously think I made this card sometime in March and never posted it!)... and just kept cutting and stamping and this came about. I have no idea if I even like it. But, here it is :)

I do believe I will start being more active again.  I go through waves and I have several cards and projects I just need to upload and post.  So, should be seeing them soon!

Life is about to be a lot busier too (for all of us I'm sure!)... end of school, start of summer... so much to do over the next well 3 months, my schedule is already full (at least I have a vacation planned in there... I will need it!).



Sunday, May 8, 2011

NSBD Tag into project (post 3)

This is the 3rd post of the day... you can scroll down if you want to see a Masculine birthday card or a MIMonday anniversary card.

Nat'l Scrapbook Day was yesterday and I played along with My Pink Stamper. The challenge for this layout can be found at her website.

I got the paper on clearance at JoAnn's but it is awesome!  Shimmer pink with snowflakes and a coordinating printed paper too.  I used some old bling/shimmer cardstock (have had it since she was born) both pink and white.  Then used PTI Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, and Shimmer White cardstock.  The only way I was able to do this so quickly is the sketch came from the Bug Junkie and was pretty easy to layout and I've known I was going to do this layout all week.  Adding the tag at the end was easy.  (I personally still think it needs something... maybe in the middle; plus the 2nd page to the 2 page layout, but I didn't have time).



NSBD Kraft Card (post 2)

Saturday May 7th was Nat'l Scrapbooking Day.  There were lots of blogs and websites celebrating.  I was working on some projects but when I needed a break I would play along with Robyn over at My Pink Stamper.  (there is also a gal in the PTI Dolls group, Laurie, who was celebrating and I checked in with her too... *hi Laurie*... but never got to any of her challenges)

Anyway, I had already intended on making a masculine birthday card and this challenge : USE KRAFT CARDSTOCK (#2) was perfect for me!

I used one of the Make it Monday "challenges" from several weeks ago (was this the first one??) and masked out the image of the die for MS 1.  Then used a gel pen to dash in the outline and stamp in my sentiment.  Thought it was pretty cool.



Make it Monday: Impression Plate Tricks (post 1...)

This will be a busy blogging day.  I have several creations to share but each has to have it's own post.  (because today is personally a difficult day for me... my dh gave me a lot of time to devote to my love of this hobby... he IS wonderful!)

This first post is for PTI's MIM series.  See the video here to find out how I did it!! Pretty neat, except I used a cuttlebug folder opened up.  Just remember... the cutting edge of the die towards the paper!! (and the ribbon is hiding the edge of the paper since I used 2 folders)



Friday, May 6, 2011

Caring cards

These are a couple of cards I sent to a friend and her son awhile ago.  On the top card I wanted to use an idea floating around in my head based off of one of my fave cards from Lauren Meader from probably 2 or 3 years ago.  She had stamped the image in black multiple times and then overlaid a popped up piece of cardstock where the image was colored in copics.  It wasn't the "complete" image and blended perfectly with the black/white of the card.  I've done that a few times.  So, with Smokey Shadow cardstock and CTMH Daisy White ink I went to work.  It created the perfect greyish background.  A bit of color with the pink (bad memory and I can't tell if that is Hib Burst or Rasp Fizz from the photo) and then I stamped the image again on an SU dsp that has a greyish/pinkish background for some subtlety.

The little boy card was fun.  My kids and I had a blast creating a card that was just for him.  Lots of ideas were flowing around the craft table that day (in fact, if memory serves, he could have received an entire zoo of cards if my children would have their way!).  I don't own the double ended banner dies... but seeing this reminds me I want them.  sigh... lots of measuring and cutting :)



Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Piles of fun

So, I just started adding embellishments on top of embellishments to see what I liked.  I kept stamping, distressing, sewing, adding a bit of bling, a scrap of ribbon, more die cuts, etc.  Eventually I ended up with "piles of fun" for a card.  Hope it will bring a smile to a friend.



Sunday, May 1, 2011

Make it Monday: Frames

It's the end of the week, but this past week Nichole showed a fantastic video of drawing frames for Clean & Simple cards. She is the Master of these frames and many times I have wondered how she did it. Now we know! :)

I used the following sets: Take Note and Big Birthday Wishes. The 7 and the starburst matted circle are both cut from the cricut. I used Clearly Creative Cardstock for the "Take Note" sentiment (stamped with staz-on)... first time for doing that!! Yea me! and I popped up the 7 for a bit of dimension.

The line was drawn with a green gel pen. I did use Nichole's tip so watch her video here to learn how!